Some Good News!


Hello again!  Oh how I’ve missed you!  Life has been a little hectic these days as we have some major decisions in the making.  We’ve decided to go ahead and get married, wait for it…next month!  Yes, we’re very spontaneous, but would like to get this show on the road and can’t seem to find the time until Spring Break to tie the knot and plan a little honeymoon.  So for the time being, I hope to post things found on my hunt for all things Rustic Vintage for our big day!  With funds being low we are very limited to what we can do and who to invite.  I hate the politics of getting married, but am up for the challenge to make it the most memorable for my little family!  As a professional thrifter and family members that are on the same boat, we are having so much fun looking for that wedding bliss treasure, and even the simple hand me downs are turning out to be the most meaningful!  So I leave you with a few dress options.  Let me know what you think!

My Brandon, would love to see me in type of dress found here

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Here is another found here

but love how simple this one is and think it would flow very pretty in the wind.  This one was found here.

Have a blessed and beautiful day!



Valentine’s Day Workshop


Happy Valentine’s Day!

I threw a little Family Valentine Workshop over the weekend for all the kitties in the family, with the help of my Mama, sister, sister-in law and best friend!  I made some Valentine garlands with baker’s twine and newspaper hearts.  Went to my local Salvation Army to purchase some Vintage silver platters, only to buy all the Vintage Glassware I could find, as every other Friday is 50% off.  I found a nice punch bowl with eight glasses still in the box, 3 small glass bowls, 1 large bowl, glass cheese platter, 3 tarnished silver platters (which I covered with paper doilies, and cut out wax paper hearts), even found some vintage paperdolls and a few other things for myself all under $25!

Covered a few tables with newspaper and paper doilies that I purchased in the dollar section from Target.  Went to the hardware store and had some wood cut down to craft with.  You can never go wrong with wood!  I always find interesting pieces in the scrap section with insane mark downs and then have them cut it down to my preference at no charge.   I crammed the tables with endless crafting supplies.  Scrapbook paper, construction paper, decorative scissors, modge podge(my favorite), markers, lace, twine, chalkboard paint, glitter, composition notebooks(bought on clearance during back to school season), paper doilies, soft pastels, water colors and each crafty mama brought their own supplies too!  My sister in law even printed up some Vintage Valentine Images from flickr, a major resource for inspiration.  The images are endless on the web, I found these Space Themed Valentine’s for Jacob.  My Mama also brought some Vintage Victorian images, we had so much to work with.  The kids even decorated Valentine Mail Boxes supplied by my sis!

Our menu was very simple with kid friendly snacks.  Peanut butter celery, cheese and crackers, strawberries, grapes, carrots, cucumber, garlic bread, Homemade Spaghetti  for the kids and Fettuccine Alfredo for the Mama’s.  Along with lots of goodies!  Everyone had so much fun and it was nice to see all the little creations lying around!  The two images above were created by my boy.  The top one was for me and the one above was for Daddy, but he was little jealous that mine had the wood piece.  I hope everyone had a lovely day!

Homemade Christmas


So Homemade Christmas was a success. I started and completed all the gifts that I set out to do, which is always an issue when it gets close to Christmas deadline.  I made cake stands and jewlery frames for the lovely ladies, but my main focus was the little ones. Sorry boys your turn is next year, but I did wrap their gifts a little special with pressed fall leaves and twine.  I made the spy set for my boy, dress up suitcase for the niece and nephew, and felt dress up board for the nieces.  I couldn’t wait for the traditional family opening of the gifts and gave each gift personally on the side.  The impressions of each of their faces when opening their gifts keeps inspiring me to create more.   Happy New Year!

p.s. I ended up using chalkboard paint to spice up both the briefcase and suitcase.  I loved the finishing product!

Oak Glen!

I am so excited about starting this blog and find a million things to post throughout the day, but have decided on this.  We went to Oak Glen in Yucaipa, Ca. They have major pumpkin and apple picking, little shops and treasures for the everyday crafter, super fun place to go for all ages.  The area is absolutely gorgeous and even better on a misty kind of day.  I found this cute little display of Vintage Pyrex.   I wish I could take it all including the stove!!!  I also found out that my favorite apples are Honey Crisp, if you haven’t, then you need to!  I wanted to buy some delicious homemade Apple Butter, but couldn’t find it in myself to pay $9 bucks for a jar, so I decided to buy a bundle of apples and make some  for myself.  If it turns out right then I might just have landed some homemade Christmas gifts.  Will be posting soon about my Apple Butter Success…Have a good night!

p.s. Halloween is almost here!